Dude Scratches Back & Finds Knife Poking Out ... From Inside!

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switchbladeDon't you hate it when you have an itchy spot on your back and you really really want to scratch it but you can't ... quite ... reach?! So annoying. Unless you have one of those backscratcher things, I guess. Or somebody to help you out. Like Billy McNeely of Yellowknife, Canada (oh, the irony! Just wait!). The 32-year-old was going nuts trying to get at a particularly irritating itchy patch on his back -- he was thisclose to rubbing up against a big old tree -- when he finally hit jackpot! Except something felt WRONG. Like a weird lump-shaped thing. Which was also sharp. Luckily his girlfriend was there to help. Or, horrifyingly. Depending on how you look at it. (Lucratively, perhaps. But more on that in a minute.)

Here's what happened next, in McNeely's words:

"My girlfriend got up and she started playing around with it [the sharp lump] and she manoeuvred my back in a certain way and the tip of a blade poked out of my skin."

I'm sorry, WHAT?!

Wisely, the couple went straight to the hospital, where doctors discovered a 2 and a half inch blade stuck in his back ... right where some dude left it three years ago. Yes, apparently McNeely had one hell of a birthday back in 2010, because his party ended with an arm-wrestling match that went way the hell off the rails with the birthday boy getting stabbed in the back five times. (Bet the stabbing guy didn't get invited to the next shindig! Sheesh!) An unforgettable birthday, to be sure ... but MOSTLY because the doctors who stitched him up didn't bother to take any X-rays, and 3 years later ... surprise!!!

McNeely, who'd been setting off metal detectors and suffering from burning back pain since the fight, has reportedly contacted a lawyer. Justifiably so, I'd say! I mean, I think people are definitely a bit too litigious these days, but a knife in the back?! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving ...

Would you sue the hospital if doctors left a KNIFE in your back?


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Kzint... KzintiFeline

Ummm...unless it has cost him something, I don't see why he needs to sue.  People make mistakes; it seems like everyone is looking for a payday when they do, though.

Kzint... KzintiFeline

Also, if you are going to sue, why not sue the guy who stabbed you in the first place?

luvprue1 luvprue1

Hell yes , I would sue. If the doctor left anything inside my body. I would sue. Because if the doctor did something like that, it would mean that he wasn't doing a good enough job. I mean, how could you miss a blade??

luvprue1 luvprue1

 


 Plus ..A mistake like that could cost someone there life.  The next person that doctor work on,and leave an instrument/tool in might not be so lucky.

the4m... the4mutts

Oh how scary! Yeah, I would be suing. Tha blade could have migrated and killed him, or left him paralized for life. How incredibly negligent of the hospital.

lasombrs lasombrs

Holy smokes how does someone miss that!

Serab... Serabelle

i dont believe in stupid lawsuits, but in this case, hell ya! that is neglect! like the4mutts said, it could have moved and caused a lot of damage! also, it could have become infected or septic! i doubt the knife was clean when he got stabbed!

Craft... CraftyJenna

Yes I would sue, if the blade had moved inward instead of out he could have had serious issues or died. Not to mention the horror of having a blade suddenly pop threw your back, ugh. 

MelaS... MelaSparks

Well, you get what you pay for.
And people wonder why I don't support socialized medicine...

Katy Marshall

KzintiFeline you are very ignorant. So you're saying that if this had happened to you and the doctor left a 2in blade in your back that potentially could've caused serious damage or worse that you would not go after the doctor? You must be very ignorant. I agree with the other posts that if the blade had gone inward or shifted towards his spinal cord he could be paralized or worse, dead. We rely on doctor's to ensure they are doing their job correctly by making sure there is nothing left inside a wound to ensure our safety! Anybody in their right mind would sue the doctor responsible and hopefully that doctor's license will be revoked.

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